Theology of Martyrdom

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Theology of Martyrdom, a substantial and significant treatment of certain aspects of early Anabaptist theology, written by Ethelbert Stauffer, in an essay, "Märtyrertheologie und Täufertum." Using original source material drawn largely from the Martyrs' Mirror, the Ausbund, Lieder der Hutterischen Brüder, the Hutterite Geschicht-Buch, and Menno Simons' works, Stauffer presents an integrated Anabaptist vision of victory for the church and the kingdom of Christ through suffering and martyrdom, in which the Anabaptist martyrs are seen as following in the footsteps of the suffering saints of the Old and New Testaments and most of all in those of Christ Himself. H. W. Meihuizen wrote on the theology of the martyrs as found in the Offer des Heeren.

See also Martyrdom, Theology of


Meihuizen, H. W. "De geloofswereld onzer martelaren, voor zover die af te lezen valt uit het Offer des Heeren." Algemeen Doopsgezind Weekblad V (1951): Nos. 35-50.

Meihuizen, H. W. "De verwachting van de weder komende Christus en het rijk Gods bij de Oude Doopsgezinden." Stemmen uit de Doopsgezinde Broederschap III (1954): No. 3, 42-50.

Stauffer, Ethelbert. "Märtyrertheologie und Täufertum." Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte XLII (1933): 545-98; the article appeared in English translation in Mennonite Quarterly Review XIX (1945): 179-214.

Author(s) Harold S Bender
Date Published 1959

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